What a huge contest weekend all over the world. There were even 2 contests in Japan. The Saga-No-Run contest took place on July 20th in the Saga-pref, Japan. Congratulations to the winner Takahiro Enoki.
We found a podium photo on Facebook and the top 3: 1st Takahiro Enoki 2nd Seiichi Fujii 3rd Takuma Kawamura
The Shonan Open contest took place on July 20th in Kanagawa, Japan. 8 riders all of whom have their own style were invited and battled for the victory: Akira Okamura(!), Yoshiki Hotoke Uchino, Kotaro Tanaka, Tsutomu Kitayama, Hiroya Morizaki, Shinichi Russia Kiba, Yohei Uchino and York Uno. Yohei Uchino won the final battle against Tsutomu. He also won this contest last year, congratulations on the second victory in a row.
Mission accomplished! We heard there was a little trouble with the live stream and uploaded all the final runs for you. After the regular runs there was a bonus round that worked like a best trick contest. We uploaded the whole bonus round for you including Moto's seat post repair and the infamous no handed whiplash ;-) Enjoy the show!
We already posted a lot of BMX Cologne coverage but that was not the only contest last weekend. The Flatland Fracas contest took place in East Bridgewater, MA, USA. Even a few Japanese found their way their and Masashi Itani won the expert class (there was no "pro" class). Congratulations!
There is a good photo gallery on Flickr where we also found the photo of Todd that you can see here. Check it! Podium photos and more information have been posted on the official facebook page.
1st Masashi Itani 2nd Rich Upjohn 3rd Gabe Kadmiri 4th Brian Chapman 5th Todd Carter 6th Danny Sirkin 7th Jim Cavanaugh 8th Seonteak Kwon 9th Mannie Nogueira 9th Sunny Sigh 11th Steve Jordan 12th John Simmons
Dominik did it! Congratulations! The Pro Finals were amazing. Not only Dominik but also Moto and Matthieu had absolutely impressive runs. In the bonus round Matthieu pulled a no-handed whiplash (video)! That was one of the the highlights of the day for us and we already put it online for you to see. Moto had some bad luck in the bonus round. His seat post broke but with the help of the spanish riders he replaced it in just a few minutes and finished his bonus run by pulling the combo he wanted to do. Well deserved 2nd place! At the end of the finals things got a bit hectic due to a storm warning that forced the organizers to interrupt the event. Luckily the flatland contest finished just in time for that storm.
Pro Flatland Results: 1st Dominik Nekolny 2nd Moto Sasaki 3rd Matthieu Bonnecuelle 4th James White 5th Alex Jumelin 6th George Manos 7th Waldemar Fatkin 8th Dez Maarsen 9th Alberto Moya 10th Takayuki Iwate 11th Guelo Monzon 12th Raphael Chiquet 13th Kevin Nikulski 14th Shintaro Misawa
What a day! More than 50 riders in the pro qualification today. The bumper car tent looks super cool but it was also quite hot in there. Many riders had great runs and were there to take some photos for you. We managed to get pics of most of the pro riders. Alex Jumelin took the first place and will be in the finals tomorrow together with the top 14. We posted a photos of the result sheet on our Facebook page.
A few days ago we posted the results from this jam, and now we have a great video from the event. With 70 riders, it looked like a big success, even with a little rain. Riders of all skill levels competed, including some incredible young riders! Stay tuned till the end as the pro class was stacked with top riders!